Coolant leak - Drivers side front of van



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    Coolant leak - Drivers side front of van

    I am loosing coolant. At first at thought maybe it was the water pump but I am getting drips on the garage floor on the drivers side of the van towards the very front. Is there a hose or pipe that I should check first when looking for the leak?

    It seems like these van's develop a lot of the same problems so I thought maybe someone else had a leak in a similar spot that would at least give me a good starting point.

    Thanks for any help!!!!

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    Last edited by cgar; 11-30-2010 at 10:38 AM. Reason: added van info

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    Given that location - radiator, or hose leading to it.

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    Has your water pump been changed before? – If not you are way overdue.

    To be safe replace the Lower radiator hose, metal coolant tube and the water pump.

    The metal coolant tube is pictured in the instructions at the bottom. It’s very common for them to rust.

    Here is the part:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...8307&viewitem=

    The water pump, Lower hose and 2 clamps are available everywhere and not expensive.

    Replace your coolant while you are doing this.

    Instructions that I followed (made the job pretty easy):

    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/874963...p_replacement/
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    Never mind. My answer only applies to the passenger side of the van....

    Look at your top radiator hose, thermostat housing or the Radiator.
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    That location reminds me of the drain plug on the very bottom of the driver's side of the radiator that was on our previous generation Chryco minivans. Not hard to check if you can crawl under front bumper with a flashlight. As said earlier, might also be failing hose or clamp that may not line up directly over the stain on the deck because the fluid may have tracked along other surfaces before it finally found it's freedom.

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    If you're so inclined you can head to an Autozone or the like and sign out a coolant system pressure tester for a deposite. It will apply constant pressure so you can trace down the leak. If you want to buy one last time I checked I saw them for $30.
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    I agree with using the tester. Or inspect the rad hoses and the metal pipes that wrap around the engine for the heater core supply.
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    how much coolant are you loosing? (& when? - only under pressure or while sitting cold)
    check the overflow reservoir and the hose leading to it..
    relevant vehicle: '05 -=C=- T&C Ltd @~110K

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    Check the upper radiator hose where it comes from the thermostat housing. It could just be your t-stat housing leaking. As also noted, the radiator drain is on the driver's side. Lastly, I believe the reservoir is also on the driver's side....make sure it's not leaking.
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    I got a pressure tester and the pressure drops pretty fast. I can also hear a hissing sound while I pump the pressure tester. Sound seems to be coming from the drivers side front near where the drips are showing up. Going under the van and feeling the bottom of the overflow bottle it is wet as are the nearby hoses (some of which are wrapped in mesh). While I can hear the noise and feel the wetness, I'm still unsure exactly where it is coming from.

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